The Mystery of Multitasking: Productivity Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs

March 10, 2010 by  

Today I’m psyched to share a guest video post by my friend and colleague Chris Ducker. I met Chris through Twitter and it was immediately obvious we shared a passion for working virtually and living a flexible lifestyle.

Chris is the CEO of the Live2Sell Group of Companies, a thriving Total Business Outsourcing corporation based in the Philippines where he lives.

Chris has developed systems and ideas to manage his time and make his business life easier and more productive. Watch this short video where he explains why multitasking actually makes you less productive and shares tips for staying focused and growing your business:

Please leave comments or questions for Chris or me below this post – or just share a productivity tip or strategy.

Also, check out Chris’s site – Virtual Business Lifestyle – where he writes about building a highly mobile, automated business lifestyle. The site is full of great articles and videos and has quickly become one of my favorite blogs. While you’re there, grab a copy of his free ebook, “Saving the Day, the Virtual Way”; with tips on how to find, train, and work with virtual assistants. I just finished reading it and learned some valuable strategies.

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  • This for the honor to be featured, again, Phil.

    Much appreciated. And looking forward to all your great reader comments, as always…

    Regards,
    Chris

  • My pleasure Chris – thanks for sharing your wisdom with us. I look forward to further collaboration in the future!

    Phil

  • TropicalMBA

    Rockin'! Love Chris' approach. “Having my PA” is baller!

  • She's there to do more than just make great cups of coffee, I can tell you Tropical…!

    I wonder if http://www.havingmypa.com is available…..?!!?

  • Great post Chris. Thanks for sharing Phil.

    I'm a big productively nut and having recently read the 4 Hour Work Week I've also started turning off all of my distractions and only checking mail when I want rather that it update me. It's made a massive difference to the amount of work I can complete

  • Thanks guys! I needed to hear that this morning. (an Anywhere Office guy in Turkey working completely mobile for a US based company)

  • I dont doubt that for a single second, Ben. But, email is just the beginning. Seriously.

    There is so more more of our 'business' life that we can automat and play around with to be able to really start hitting it out of the park… I'm doing a 10 Tip Video Series (one tip per clip) from Boracay (the Philippines most famous beach) this coming week.

    Just got here today – it's glorious… Stay tuned over at the blog.

  • I dont doubt that for a single second, Ben. But, email is just the beginning. Seriously.

    There is so more more of our 'business' life that we can automat and play around with to be able to really start hitting it out of the park… I'm doing a 10 Tip Video Series (one tip per clip) from Boracay (the Philippines most famous beach) this coming week.

    Just got here today – it's glorious… Stay tuned over at the blog.

  • I dont doubt that for a single second, Ben. But, email is just the beginning. Seriously.

    There is so more more of our 'business' life that we can automat and play around with to be able to really start hitting it out of the park… I'm doing a 10 Tip Video Series (one tip per clip) from Boracay (the Philippines most famous beach) this coming week.

    Just got here today – it's glorious… Stay tuned over at the blog.

  • I dont doubt that for a single second, Ben. But, email is just the beginning. Seriously.

    There is so more more of our 'business' life that we can automat and play around with to be able to really start hitting it out of the park… I'm doing a 10 Tip Video Series (one tip per clip) from Boracay (the Philippines most famous beach) this coming week.

    Just got here today – it's glorious… Stay tuned over at the blog.

  • Jake – What an awesome lifestyle. Contact me… via my blog. I'd love to do a 'real life' case study with you, if you'd like to…

    Thanks, and be well. Chris.

  • Jake – What an awesome lifestyle. Contact me… via my blog. I'd love to do a 'real life' case study with you, if you'd like to…

    Thanks, and be well. Chris.

  • Jake – What an awesome lifestyle. Contact me… via my blog. I'd love to do a 'real life' case study with you, if you'd like to…

    Thanks, and be well. Chris.

  • Jake – What an awesome lifestyle. Contact me… via my blog. I'd love to do a 'real life' case study with you, if you'd like to…

    Thanks, and be well. Chris.

  • I really enjoyed the 4 Hour Work Week too Chris. I was doing good with checking email much less frequently but somehow have slipped back into my old habit of checking it all day long – and it's definitely time for a change. This video Chris made couldn't have come at a better time as I have been struggling with staying productive and time management. I'm going to implement many of these suggestions right away!

  • Looking forward to checking out that video series Chris (and the beaches of Boracay!)

  • Glad you enjoyed it Jake! What is your primary workplace in Turkey? Is it a home office or do you literally bounce around and work from anywhere/everywhere?

  • Hey Phil, good question. the truth is that it's not nearly as much “anywhere” as I'd like. I do 90% of work from home, a bit from cafes, etc. The great thing for us though is that last summer we spent 4 months in the states in my home town and my work didn't suffer at all. We've got a 2-year old and a 2-month old so we're not buzzing around the planet all that much, but it's good to know we have that option. Having family on two continents, it's comforting to know we're not tied to the city we live in by a job. I've designed it that way, and I've convinced my boss that this is the best way to grow the business (high-trust remotely located employees and all physical stuff… warehousing, billing, etc outsourced). I'm only one year into this job, but it's been good so far.

  • That is great to hear Jake – and being that Dad of an almost 3-year old I certainly understand. I am much less mobile than I was before and work more often from my home office. But as you said it's great to be able to visit family and know you can truly work from anywhere so you can move around and visit others without it disrupting work. Love that you were able to convince your boss about the smart approach to high-trust remotely located employees. If only more employers were so flexible. Best of luck moving forward!

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  • Don’t let your email control you. 🙂

  • I will share this link to my friend who badly needs this information.

  • Thanks for the info…

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  • Multitasking requires focusing one’s conscious awareness in more than one place at a time. The information given here are definitely great ways on how to be more productive, finishing a lot of work in a shorter period of time.

  • Totally needed this information. I find it hard, really, to manage my time. With this info, am hoping that I will improve…

  • Dave Crenshaw

    Multitasking
    lowers our productivity at work,  need
    to do one thing at a time and focus only to that one thing to increase our
    productivity. We should also avoid multitasking at human like what Chris
    shares in his video when you multitask at human it simply indicates that
    they’re unimportant to you and you dont respect their time. Business is build
    through relationship so focus to that one person by means of switching off
    everything that might distract you.

    To learn more about the effects of
    multitasking, take my free exercise at http://www.davecrenshaw.com/exercise
     

    • Hey Dave,

      Thanks for stopping by and posting your comments. Took a look at your site and based on your books and talks it’s obvious you are someone who knows the dangers of multitasking!  You’re book The Myths of Multitasking looks like a great read – will have to check it out!

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